By the time we got through Illinois, the sun was shining again. It's always really pretty coming into St. Louis from Illinois. Even though the river was high from the floods, it was still beautiful. The waterfront was definitely higher than normal, but it looked as though they have been pretty fortunate in that area weather wise.Our good friend Chris, or Cree as we call him, was at work until midnight, so we decided to grab a bite to eat and meet up with Cree's parents until he got off work. We decided to eat at Schlafly's Brewery. It's one of our favorite places in St Louis. Of course Ryan loves the beer they brew there, but I prefer the wine. Their food is a little fancy for my taste, but it's OK. Ryan and I split some chickem enchiladas which were really good, but the Spanish rice was kinda nasty. I thought it tasted like rubber bands. Ryan explained to me that someone probably had to go to college to learn how to make that rice taste like rubber bands.....he's probably right.
It was dark by the time we left Schlafly's. I'm pretending to hold the tanks over my head here.....silly girl!!!!We went to Cree's parents' house and watched the Cardinal's game and some ultimate fighting until Cree got there. I had polished off a whole bottle of wine by that time, but Ryan waited for Cree to start the real drinking. Shots of Crown were the perfect kick off for a great weekend!!!
I didn't take my camera out for disc golf. It's not very convenient, so I don't have any pictures of the park. It's really kind of a shame that I didn't get any pictures. It was beautiful. That's one thing I have noticed about St. Louis, they have tons of public parks around town. They are very well maintained and always seem to have activities for the community to get involved in.
After we ate, Cree went on home to be with his son and we kept walking. I was really glad that we did because we came across a real fun little scene a few blocks away.There were a few different street performers. This guy was spinning a top on all kinds of stuff. He even got it spinning on a string and threw it up in the air and would catch it again while it was still spinning. It was really cool.He caught me staring and pointed me out, so I walked over to him when he waved at me. He asked me if I wanted to help him. Of course I did!!!! I didn't get to play with any of his fancy toys, but I did get to hold the top on a pen and a baseball bat. It was pretty cool. It was spinning so fast that I could just barely tell it was moving. I know that sounds weird, but it's true. Hard to explain, I guess.What originally drew us towards this crowd was the drums we heard off in the distance. We were walking to Ryan's truck and heard what sounded like a drum circle, so we walked toward the sound. We were right. There was a big drum circle with people just coming and going and joining in whenever they wanted. There were a few people out dancing in the middle of the circle. It was really fun.This is the back side of the area where they were all playing. Out closer to the street, there were a few vendors selling food, clothes and jewelry.I really enjoyed watching the big mamma in the green shirt with the tamborine. That woman was all soul!!!! I wish we had cool stuff happening like that around here somewhere. I don't know if this was an organized event or if this was something spontaneous, but either way, you would never see that happen around here, and I think it's a shame.Even though I've been to St. Louis a zillion times, it's always cool to see the arch. So I had to grab a couple more pictures on the way out of town. I took this one out of the passenger side window on the way over the river.
Same here....hanging out the window....but man, how 'bout that reflection in the river? OK, so it's crooked, but it's still cool!!!
Back home again in INDIANA............................
Smooches from Ryan to carry you through till the next adventure...........
Next up.............WEEN in Louisville, KY July 7th.
See ya later!!!!!